Instagrammable house plants that are hard to kill

Going green

  • 16.09.2021

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In retrospect, the pandemic is like a giant reset button that none of us pushed on purpose yet it has brought us little blessings along the way. Many of us picked up forsaken hobbies such as knitting or painting while others decided to care for a new pet, just to fill up our time and keep us sane. However, some embraced urban farming or purchasing countless house plants. 

As reported by the Marketplace, a non-profit economics news organisation, plant parents in America spent US$8.5 billion on plant-related goods in 2020, which is an 18.7 percent increase from 2019. After all, compared to caring for animals, plants are considered less of an actual commitment, but that doesn’t mean they’re easy to upkeep.  Especially for those without experience. The good news is, USwitch – an online and telephone comparison platform – has scoured the web and uncovered the best houseplants that are virtually unkillable. 

Don’t believe us? Take a look at the plant-themed hashtags on Instagram or TikTok. Users around the world are parading their thriving leafy friends, and if they can do it so can the rest of us. Here are the top eight plants causing a stir on social media, below.

  • Philodendron

    With a whopping 1,663,489 hashtags, this plant ranges from green to pink and sometimes a mixture of both, which makes for a good pop of colour in any room. All we need to do is place it at a spot with indirect sunlight and water the top layer of the soil regularly.

  • Snake plant

    Yes, we are very familiar with this pointy plant here in Singapore. But thousands of people, across cities, are in love with it because it only requires watering a few times a week. Plus, it looks adorable in pictures.

  • Spider plant

    Following closely behind, we have the spider plants, which look almost identical to their snake plant cousins other than their droopy leaves instead of being straight and rigid. Spider plants can be watered once a week and can be placed in light shade.

  • Peace lily

As the only flowering plant to make the list, it must be a resilient one. Not only are these plants beautiful, but they are also able to survive in drought-like conditions. All it takes is a little bit of water every once and a while to keep them perky.

  • ZZ plant

    This glossy plant originates from Africa. which is used to dryer weather year-round. Hence, the ZZ does not need much water to remain vibrant – making it great for small corners of any room that you tend to not pay much attention to.

  • Aloe Vera

Here comes another plant that we not only know but love to eat on a sweltering day. Aloe vera is a succulent and like other succulents, it thrives in shadier environments. However, they do require regular watering to keep them plump.

    1. Rubber plant

Unfortunately, the sap will be hard to tap when kept as a house plant due to its size but its big, shiny leaves make for a great ornament or centerpiece for a dinner table. Do keep the plant away from cats, dogs, and babies as it is toxic when ingested.

    1. Jade plant

This green beauty is iconic for its voluptuous leaves because they look darn cute, especially for Instagram. Best to place this particular plant at a window sill with access to a lot of sunlight and keep the top layer of the soil damp throughout the week.

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